Thursday, September 4, 2014

What's your flesh tone? Nude shoes for women of color

By Tenisha Mercer

Leave it to Christian Louboutin to do what a shoemaker should have done a long time ago.

You know how nude shoes have been popular for, the last 3-4 years? Problem is, a lot of those nude shoes looked "off" on brown skin tones; they simply didn't match up skintone wise with melanin-rich folks.

But what if your skin was a deep, dark chocolate? What then? You pretty much had to wear shoes five shades lighter than your skin tone (not a bad look, all the time, but off putting if you wanted that lean leg look with a shoe that, you know, actually looked like your leg). 

Louboutin to the rescue. The French shoe designer debuts "Les Nudes" collection for fall with five shades of nude, starting at $625. From a pale nude to rich chestnut brown, they cover the entire nude color spectrum.

Whose nude? 
It sparked the question: Can Black girls wear nude shoes?

Sure, nudes that were a beige, pale peach or creamy blush looked OK on, say, a fair-skinned Jennifer Anniston, as fashion experts repeatedly advised women to invest in a pair of nudes to create a nice, lean look and elongated leg.

I don't know about you, but I never thought a true nude was the chalky color that came in a box of Crayola crayons; it's actually a mix of various shades of brown. Many shoes in the line have already sold out..
I'm confused as to what took so long, when 22 percent of women in the U.S. identify as "non-white," according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Making nude shoes that look good on women of all hues is just good business sense. We just want tow wear nude shoes that look good on us, too.

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